Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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Two foreign UN workers were shot dead at Galkayo airport in Puntland, Somalia. They were one Briton and one French working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in Kenya but had regular visit to Somalia.
A soldier serving as the security guard at Galkayo main Airport shot and killed the two men as they entered the airport and landed from their plane from Nairobi, Kenya today around 11:40 am (local time), according to Colonel Ali Yusuf who is head of the security of the Galkayo Airport.
The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Yury Fedotov condemned the murder of the two UN consultants.
He said: “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of two of my colleagues in a cruel and senseless attack. I hope the relevant authorities in Somalia will undertake every effort to ensure that their killers are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice. I would also like to offer my most profound condolences to the family, loved ones, friends and colleagues of these two individuals, who were so committed and dedicated to UNODC’s work.”
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, said there could be no justification for what he called “a callous attack.”